RIETS to Celebrate Largest Class of Ordained Rabbis at March 23 Convocation; Honorees include Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz and Jay Schottenstein
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and the Yeshiva University community will celebrate the ordination of its largest class of musmakhim [ordained rabbis] at their Chag HaSemikhah Convocation on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in the Nathan Lamport Auditorium, Zysman Hall, 2540 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City.
A record class of musmakhim will celebrate at the March 23 Chag HaSemikhah.
“The Yeshiva gives context to the University, and our rabbinic graduates, whom we celebrate at this Chag HaSemikhah, truly represent the best in us,” said President Richard M. Joel. “Their perspective and their professions are central and vital to the future of our community. In many ways we define ourselves through them and look to them to help in the unfolding of the Jewish future.”
This year more than 205 musmakhim from the classes of 2011-2014 willjoin the more than 3,000 young men who have passed through the batei midrashim [study halls] of RIETS and gone on to become distinguished Orthodox rabbis, scholars, educators and leaders around the world.
RIETS will also honor philanthropist Jay Schottenstein, with the Eitz Chaim Award, and Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz’46YC, ’49R, Av Beit Din of the Beth Din of America and of the Chicago Rabbinical Council Beit Din, with the Harav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt”l Aluf Torah Award. Special recognition will also be given to those who received semikhah 50 years ago, members of the RIETS classes of 1960-63. Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva University Men’s Basketball Coach Won More Than 400 Games
Yeshiva University today announced that Dr. Jonathan Halpert, men’s basketball coach for the past 42 years, will conclude his service at the end of the 2013-14 season. Halpert, a graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Yeshiva College and Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, took over the Maccabees roster in 1972 and is the longest serving men’s basketball coach in New York City history.
Halpert was twice named coach of the year in the NCAA’s Skyline Conference (1999-00, 2009-10) and received the National Association of Basketball Coaches “Guardians of the Game” honor in 2003-04. The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association bestowed him with its “Good Guy” award in 1997-98. During his illustrious career, Halpert has coached over 300 student-athletes, including several father-son tandems. Read the rest of this entry…
“Cardozo Life” and “This is Yeshiva University” Receive Gold and Silver for Mobile Media
Two of Yeshiva University’s mobile applications have been recognized as winners in the Higher Education Marketing Report’s 2013 Education Digital Marketing Awards. Created for the iPad, “Cardozo Life” won the gold award for Mobile Media and “This Is Yeshiva University” received the silver award for Mobile Media .
“YU is among the first higher-ed institutions to produce interactive publications specifically designed for the tablet,” said Judy Tashji, creative director in YU’s office of Communications and Public Affairs. “I’m thrilled that our department has been recognized with these awards. The iPad apps are free—along with our new smartphone app, ‘YU Mobile.’ ” Read the rest of this entry…
Wurzweiler initially held an advance screening of the film, which won Best Narrative Feature at the Metropolitan Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival, and the Buffalo/Niagara Film Festival, as well as the Thin Line Award at the Thin Line Film Festival, before its premiere in 2011. It elicited such a strong reaction then and in the months that followed that Wurzweiler decided to revisit it as a potentially critical component of the social work curriculum, focusing on its unique ability to help students better understand the many forms bullying often takes among children and teens today and empathize with the emotions and motivations of victims after witnessing a firsthand account. Read the rest of this entry…
We are gratified that the federal court recognized the validity of our arguments in dismissing the case against Yeshiva University, which has been an incredibly trying process for all involved. Our thoughts and remorse remain with those affected and harmed, and the confidential counseling services of Yeshiva University remain available to them.
Now we continue to move forward. Yeshiva University and its high schools provide our students with a safe and secure environment, while constantly refining our policies and procedures to ensure they meet the absolute highest standards.
As North America’s Torah-informed university, we recognize our responsibility to assume a leadership role in combating abuse within the community. While we currently offer a range of services and educational programs to assist synagogues, schools, and other institutions in addressing the very real issue of abuse, we continue to look for further ways to engage this issue.
Above all, we remain vigilant in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our children.
Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s Next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Yeshiva University announced today that Dr. Selma Botman will serve as the University’s next vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective July 1. Botman joins YU from The City University of New York, where she served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and university provost and most recently as professor of Middle Eastern history at the Graduate Center. The appointment was unanimously approved by the YU Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of a search committee comprised of faculty, students, administrators and trustees.
Dr. Selma Botman will serve as YU’s next provost
In making the appointment, YU President Richard M. Joel said: “Attracting a higher education professional with the experience, the humanity, and the academic probity of Selma Botman is an achievement that reflects Yeshiva University’s stature as one of the nation’s leading universities. I believe that she will provide enormous academic leadership to the wonderful team that supports me as we work together to build a strong, sustainable Yeshiva University. Education is about tomorrow and Dr. Botman’s experience and commitment to quality and exploring different paths of learning will enable us to build an environment that supports the best educational practices of today and anticipates even greater innovation in the future.” Read the rest of this entry…
Dr. Isaiah Gafni will deliver the Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on February 9.
Dr. Isaiah M. Gafni, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law will discuss “Punishment, Blessing or Universal Mission: Ancient Perceptions (And Some Modern Thoughts) on Jewish Diaspora.”
Gafni is the Sol Rosenbloom Professor of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught for 40 years. Gafni has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities, including Harvard, Yale and Brown. In 2010, he was awarded the Shimshon Rosenthal Prize for Talmudic Studies by the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Read the rest of this entry…
Veterans’ Head Injury Examined by Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Roadside bombs and other blasts have made head injury the “signature wound” of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Most combat veterans recover from mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, but a small minority experience significant and long-term side effects.
Now, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, in cooperation with Resurrecting Lives Foundation, are investigating the effect of repeated combat-related blast exposures on the brains of veterans with the goal of improving diagnostics and treatment. Read the rest of this entry…
YU Students Present North America’s Largest Jewish Book Sale February 2 – 23
The students of Yeshiva University will present their annual Seforim Sale, North America’s largest Jewish book sale, February 2 to 23, in Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Ave on YU’s Wilf Campus in Manhattan. The sale is operated entirely by YU students—from ordering to setting up the premises, marketing and all the technology the project entails.
The Yeshiva University Seforim Sale runs Feb. 2 – 23
The acclaimed Judaica book sale draws more than 15,000 people on average from the tri-state area and provides discounted prices on the latest of more than 10,000 titles in rabbinic and academic literature, cookbooks and children’s books. Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva University Launches Blue & White Club to Support Athletics Program
The Yeshiva University Athletics Department has launched the Blue & White Club, the booster club for the YU Maccabees. Supporters from around the world can now partner with Yeshiva in effort to help maintain the unique experience of our student athletes. All contributions to the club will be used to advance the long-term programmatic goals of the athletics department, and every dollar of each donation directly affects the students.
According to Director of Athletics Joe Bednarsh the idea of a booster club has been percolating for many years. “It was one of my goals when I took the reins of the program,” said Bednarsh. “I want to thank Vice President Josh Joseph and all of the departments, offices and administrators who helped make this initiative a reality.” Read the rest of this entry…